A true warhorse, having won more than $588,000 on the track in a career than spanned 10 full seasons of racing, he was sold out of racing to the Amish, and then ended up in the situation you hope a horse this special never ends up in – the Standardbred Retirement Foundation found him in Bastrop, LA, owned by a kill buyer. They networked to find his previous connections, who stepped up to save him from a horrible fate. DC was lame upon arrival to Safe Harbor with a recent but healing bowed tendon in his right hind.
After several months of rehabilitation, DC was cleared by our vet for light riding. He was moved to a foster with several lesson students, and was ridden in walk-trot situations indoors, outdoors and in the wide open world by just about everyone who visited the farm. He was adopted to a family who kept him about a year. When they made several personal changes, and DC became a bit harder to keep, they informed us he would need to come back.
We brought him back and rehabbed him a second time – he was underweight and extremely body sore. Good food, massage, chiropractic, and 24/7 turnout got him feeling really great; but his body has basically told us it’s time for him to retire from riding, other than perhaps the occasional lead-line ride for children. We loaned him to LMU Vet School for students to learn on, and while they love him, he’s scared of standing in stocks, something that’s completely foreign to him but required for their teaching processes. And so, he’s back up for adoption again, to the perfect situation and someone who will love him the rest of his days and give him the grand retirement he deserves.
On the ground, DC is completely beginner safe, although he’ll occasionally test you when leading to make sure you’re going to let him miss out on that green grass beside the pasture gate : ). His farrier says he’s the easiest horse he does, he has great feet, loves grooming, baths, and love. He pastures fine with mares or geldings and is in the middle of the pecking order in the herd. DC is adoptable as a companion/light lead-line/therapy horse for a donation of his adopter’s choosing.
|Foaling Place:||CREAM RIDGE NJ||Color:||Bay|
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|Markings:||SMALL STAR.||Parent Verified:||Yes|